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2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020

While we all know the value of parks to our mental and emotional well-being, especially during this difficult time of sheltering in place, we are convinced this order of closer of our parks is the right move. We want to help make a real difference in the outcome of this crisis. The closure order is in effect until further notice. To explain what the closures mean, we’ve prepared answers to some frequently asked questions. Cierran Todos Los Parquesdentro del Condado de Sonoma, Actualizar 25/03/2020 - Respuestas a Preguntas Frecuentes. Read more to get some answers.  

2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019

Sonoma County Tree Lighting and Light Shows includes many 'illuminating' tree lighting and light shows including parades where you can see glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights.

2019-11-17Nov 17, 2019

Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA), and Assemblymember Mark Stone, Vice Chair, are hosting an important hearing next week on two critical topics: the upcoming Dungeness crab season and how fish passage barriers on our state highways are impacting species recovery. 

2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019

An unprecedented 90 percent of voters in the City of Rohnert Park passed Measure B to protect open space and focus growth inside the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for the next 20 years — until the end of 2040. The UGB can only be changed by a vote of the people, with few exceptions. Greenbelt Alliance led the campaign to pass Measure B.

2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019

The holiday season in Sonoma County is a magical time! Enjoy holiday music, tree lighting celebrations, performances and more!

2019-10-21Oct 21, 2019

Trione-Annadel State Park New Volunteer Training - Saturday, November 2, 2019. Volunteer assignments include these and more: Foot Patrol/Bike Patrol volunteers provide service while hiking/biking in the park (hand out maps, give route suggestions, report trail hazards, pick up litter).  Visitor Center Staff provide visitor services on weekends and holidays (prerequisite is that you know the park well).  We are always looking for volunteer Hike Leaders and Hike Sweeps.  There are also opportunities to provide trail maintenance or help on special projects.

2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019

Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a third community workshop to gather input on a potential Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail between Forestville and Jenner. The meeting will be heldOct. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Monte Rio Recreation and Park District office, 20488 Highway 116. Spanish interpretation and refreshments will be provided.

2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019

Over the past 9 years, our team has raised over $60,000 for the Swim A Mile fundraiser. On Saturday, October 5th, we’ll dive in to the pool at Mills College, with hundeds of other swimmers, and swim our mile for WCRC. For over 32 years WCRC has served as an advocate for women with cancer and their friends and families, providing services for thousands of people in the Bay Area.  71% of every dollar donated to Swim A Mile goes directly to direct client services.

2020-03-23Mar 23, 2020

California State Parks today announced the launch of a campaign titled “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” to remind the public to practice social distancing of 6 ft. or more when visiting state parks or any outdoor area. The parks may close if the public does not practice social distancing. During these difficult times, protecting park staff, volunteers, partners and visitors from the exposure to coronavirus is critical.

2020-03-18Mar 18, 2020

As our community responds to the evolving coronavirus emergency,  the Regional Parks remain open as a public resource under Sonoma County's latest health order. Although we are directed to stay home as much as possible, we can go outdoors to exercise. With the support of Sonoma County's leadership, the parks, trails and beaches will remain open and  parking fees will be waved. Being able to stay active and benefit from the calming effects of nature is crucial at a time like this, and the parks are open to you for walking, running, hiking and biking.

2020-03-02Mar 2, 2020

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is accepting grant applications for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. The cabinet-level State body opened the sixth funding round of its Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) after its interagency Council approved updated guidelines at its public meeting on Tuesday. SGC invites cities, counties, resource conservation districts, land trusts, California Native American tribes, and other governmental and non-profit entities to apply for the grants.

2020-02-25Feb 25, 2020

The UGB is simply a line around the city that protects open space and ag lands. It prevents urbanization and development beyond the boundary without a majority vote of approval by its citizens. The UGB can be revised if needed at any time by going back to the voters.  It gives the community a direct voice in the future of the city. The City of Sonoma is moving forward to renew its existing Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for another 20 years by placing a ballot measure before voters in November 2020. This is great news for open space and agricultural lands and climate-wise, city-centered growth for the next generation.

 

2020-01-28Jan 28, 2020

The Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan, an integral part of that decades-long preservation effort, is being revisited by county officials, and changes will be made. It will be important to be watchful and mindful that we do not lose what so many have fought to save. Please consider attending the next public workshop on the Local Coastal Plan, scheduled forJanuary 30, 2020 at 1:15 p.m. at the county planning department, Permit Sonoma 2550 Ventura Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

2020-01-13Jan 13, 2020

The Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study has been holding public workshops and meetings since May 2019, to gather input on their plans for a car-free, continuous walking and bicycling trail from Forestville to Jenner along the Lower Russian River corridor. It details the study process and community input, recommended trail alignment and amenities, estimated costs, and offers the next steps to move toward implementation. The Public Draft Study is now available for community review. Please provide your feedback by 5pm on Tuesday, January 21.

2019-12-11Dec 11, 2019

On October 30, 2019, LandPaths announced the acquisition of Ocean Song, a 421-acre property, of which 240 acres is protected by a “forever wild” conservation easement. Situated in the coastal hills of western Sonoma County, Ocean Song teems with coastal grasslands, pristine creeks and ponds, canyons, oak woodlands, redwoods, and acres of garden and farmland. Set atop a ridge, the land inspires awe with sweeping views up and down the Pacific Coast. Abundant plant and animal life call this place home

 

2019-12-11Dec 11, 2019

Audubon's 120th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between the dates of Saturday, December 14, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020.  Your local count will occur on one day between those dates. Participate in as many counts as you wish! You can also  view the circles by state here  or use ESRI's free mobile app to view updated public maps of all CBC circles by state! Click  here  to download the free ESRI Explorer app for iOS or Android. Find CBC circles by searching on your state’s full name + “Christmas Bird Count”.

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